Friday, November 30, 2007

Throw-Back Thursday

Last night TOIAW and I watched one of my favorite romantic comedies...

It's an old-school romantic comedy for those of you who haven't seen it. It was made in 1987! Prompted by the movie, TOIAW and I decided that if we ever inherit a baby, we will accept the task of raising said baby. You just never know.

Praise God that shoulder pads are no longer en vogue! Yes, wide shoulders do make your waist look smaller, but then you look like an inverted triangle which is just plain goofy.

I have a lot to do today. Leaving town for a month takes some preparation. Yesterday I was de-cluttering all of TOIAW's favorite cluttering spots (read: all flat surfaces in our home). I laughed just thinking about what it will look like when I get home. There will, of course, be various piles of clutter in all the usual spots. The peculiar part is that every pile and object will be positioned at right angles in relation to the other piles/objects. Yes, I live with Rain Man.

Next time I blog it will be from a place where the wind comes sweeping down the plains, where the waving wheat can sure smell sweet when the wind comes right behind the rain, and where, at night, my honey lamb (TOIAW is coming in a few weeks) and I can sit alone and talk and watch a hawk making lazy circles in the sky.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Shocking Confession

I don't have any Christmas decorations. There, I said it.

I'm very embarrassed by this but, the truth is, we have never spent the Holidays at our home. I happy to report that buying Christmas decorations is very high on my priority shopping list. I found these really cute ornaments at Pottery Barn and when I went to buy them today, they're




gone. I could probably make them but my good friend, MM (shout out to you!), pointed out that at $6, they were a good deal. Apparently plenty of other people agreed with her. Now I'll be forced to DIY them unless I find something I like better (which is doubtful because I love me some ribbon!).

But I don't just need ornaments. We don't have stockings, or wreaths, or garland, or even a single ceramic peppermint candle holder. What kind of person am I? You're probably asking yourself the same thing. Sure I've seen the the left-over decorations on sale slashed to 25% of their original price but jcrew and banana and a new pair of boots always seem to be calling to me in a sweeter, louder voice.

This year will be different! I WILL buy decorations. (No need to sell your jcrew stock just yet; I'm sure I'll find time to pop in there for a bit as well.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I'm Restraining Myself

No, this is not another post about my in-laws.

Have you looked online lately and seen the great deals out there? If the sales are this good before Christmas, will they give stuff away afterwards? I've gotten free shipping on everything I've ordered and I have only purchased items that were on sale. It's proving quite the challenge to not buy things for myself but I am willing to fight the mall crowds just to shop at a real American mall. That might only last 20 minutes once I'm there, but I want to leave my options open before spending my entire budget online because I can shop online anytime.

And everything is going to priced in dollars and not euros which ROCKS! This morning TOIAW told me that the cover of the German equivalent to Time magazine, has a picture of a dollar in the shape of a plane doing a nose dive while on fire. Thanks for the visual on that. Danke. It doesn't effect us that much, really, because most purchases we make on the German economy are optional. You know, like 4,500 Euro for IVF.

We met with our doctor to discuss the next step and that is what he is recommending. I'm not going to post about it because 1) it's too depressing to discuss during the holiday season, and 2) I've done enough whining lately. We have our consultation with the professor (that's what they call physicians who are also qualified to teach) after we return to Germany in January. He does the actual surgical procedures for IVF and our doctor will prescribe the medications and do the monitoring. I'm so confused so I'm going to ban myself from Google (well, from medical googling, that is...ummm, not all medical googling, just infertility googling) and wait until January to obsess.

That leaves me with two things from which I must restrain myself: Online shopping and obsessing over infertility treatments. I'm pretty much at a loss about what to do with now that my two favorite hobbies are not available. Looks like I have absolutely no other option than to do my chores :)

P.S. If you don't already know about it, http://www.retailmenot.com/ is the place to find coupons for discounts and free shipping codes. Very cool resource!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Just Say No to Tofu

When we were driving to the airport in London a couple of mornings ago, I heard an interview with Heather Mills McCartney. The Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF): She's nuttier than a fruitcake. She recently went on a mini-media tour in the UK to slander Sir Paul, her ex-attorneys who fired her as a client, and the media for their biased reporting. But that's not what makes her crazy. On this particular interview with a well-known British radio host, she was talking about her campaign to encourage people to eat less meat due to the effects cattle grazing has on the environment. It's a great cause and I encourage it but, seriously, who is going to listen to a woman who has bad-mouthed one of the most beloved musicians of the 20th century no matter if you have a good word to share? She was very self-righteous in the interview and actually ended up leaving after the interviewer asked her to comment on her personal life. Now I know the media can be over-the-top but when you put yourself out there for a week or two only discussing personal matters and then, upon receiving horrible press and realizing your brilliant plan has blown-up in your face, decide you will now only discuss your various charities and causes, you are not going to have much credibility.

That being said, the interview did serve to reinforce my feelings on not eating so much meat (beef, chicken, or lamb). I would like to find more creative vegetarian dishes that are not black bean soup. I can't even find any good cookbooks online but I will look for them when I'm in the US (in a few days!!!). Do you have any good meatless dishes or vegetarian cookbook recommendations? As you might have guessed from the title of the post, we're not too big on tofu but we're rather agreeable to other suggestions.

Thanks for your help in saving some trees (cattle grazing needs lead to deforestation in many areas) and saving us from clogged arteries!

The Office provided some much-needed comic relief last night so all is right with the world today. Not really, but all is mostly right with TOIAW and I and that's pretty much the only thing I can control right now so, as President Bush would say, "Mission accomplished!" Seriously, though, I think this is my favorite show of all time. I love watching it on DVD because we can go back and hear anything we miss while we are laughing hysterically. We stayed up way too late watching it, but it was fun.

I woke-up with a very sore throat so I skipped Bible study this morning. I'm going to miss the rest of the classes since I'm leaving Saturday, so I figured one more wouldn't matter too much. I have a lot to do before I leave and as of 10 am, I've done nothing (and that counts yesterday as well). First I need to take Princess Poopsalot out for a walk which might not be great for my sore throat but will hopefully energize me to get moving!

Tomorrow morning we are going to meet with the fertility specialist. I'm having a bit of a dilemma because, although I really like him as a person, I am beginning to think he is failing me as a physician. He does not monitor me throughout my cycle nearly as much as doctor's in the US monitor their patients. I often have to remind him of what procedures I have and haven't had done, what treatment we are doing that cycle, and other things that he really should know without me telling him. Also, in the past several months, the time I spend waiting to be seen (at my appointments) has dramatically increased which I think is because he has way too many patients. He is the only doctor in the practice and I can tell he is tired most of the time. As I said, I really like both him and his wife (who has started to work there as well to handle patient administration) but just liking my doctor isn't going to help me have a baby. I just don't know what to do!

I am also really frustrated with the fact that we have to pay out of pocket for all artificial reproductive techniques (ART). This is the case because Congress - who controls my insurance benefits - has not authorized funding for these procedures. Fair enough, although I do not agree with it, I can live with it. What frustrates me, however, is that if we were living in the US, I could go to one of several military hospitals and have these very same procedures free of charge. Completely free. No cost for medication, hospital bills, or physicians' fees. I know I'm whining, but how is this sound fair? Because Military Treatment Facilities operate on a different budget and through a different system than the insurance benefits, these inconsistencies are allowed to exist. I'm going to call my senator and TOIAW's senator today; I'm sure they won't care, but it's worth a try.

The GOOD News: Even if we do end up doing IVF, it is not that expensive here! It would cost less if the dollar wasn't record-breakingly weak, but oh well. In no way does the cost of IVF here compare to the cost of IVF in the US. So we'll see what he says tomorrow and from there we'll decide what we're going to do and if we're going to do it with him.

Have I mentioned that I have a spa day booked for next Tuesday? A gift from my sweet mom!

Monday, November 26, 2007

O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A!!!

On 16 November 1907 Oklahoma became the 46th state. Happy belated centennial birthday, Oklahoma!

I am VERY proud to be an Oklahoman! My grandfather's grandfather traveled from Iowa to Oklahoma in order to take part in the Land Run on 22 April 1889. Free land? In the middle of Indian Territory? Sure, why not. Load up the wagon!

The following is an article with some fun facts about my beloved state. I regret that the author left out one of the best retail outlets in the US which, not surprisingly, was first established in Oklahoma: Harold's!

Oklahoma: A Mystery to Many Americans

If someone mentions California, what do you think of? Hollywood, L.A., crowded freeways, beaches, and Arnold Schwarzenegger? California, of course, is so much more than that. How about Maine? I think of cold weather, people with funny accents and lobsters. What if someone brings up Idaho? Does it bring to mind potatoes?

When people hear the name of our state, it seems the first thing that comes to mind is not Oklahoma, but "Oklahoma!" The 1943 musical, the first for Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, is the first thing most people in America think of when they hear about the Sooner State.

Having people associate our state with a beloved musical is certainly better than some alternatives, like rednecks and tornadoes, but it certainly isn't representative of today's Oklahoma.

"Oklahoma!" is a delight. The story of cowboys and farmers finding love in Oklahoma territory features classic music and ground-breaking choreography, including the dream ballet illustrating Laurey's difficulty in choosing a suitor between cowboy Curley and farmhand Jud Fry.

It also gave us our state song, which never fails to bring Oklahomans to their feet, which can prove a bit unnerving for performers in touring versions of the show who, during stops in Oklahoma, must deal with a standing ovation before the final curtain comes down.

"Oklahoma!" is a classic of American musical theater and deserves its place in the pantheon of enduring entertainment treasures.

It is not, however, an accurate indication of where our state has been, is today and is going. Oklahoma is not only the home of Ado Annie and Aunt Eller but of the aerosol can. That wonder of the age was invented in Bartlesville. Oklahoma City is the home of the parking meter, while the shopping cart was born in Ardmore.

The electric guitar also was invented in Oklahoma, by a Beggs musician named Bob Dunn. The first "Yield" sign was installed in Tulsa.

The state has more man-made lakes than any other state, which give us more than a million surface-acres of water and 2,000 more miles of shoreline than the Atlantic and Gulf coasts combined.

The Sooner State has produced more astronauts than any other state in the union. Owen Garriott is a hometown Enid boy, of course, while Tom Stafford is from Weatherford, Shannon Lucid from Oklahoma City, William Pogue from Okemah and the late Gordon Cooper from Shawnee.

Oklahoma is home to Amateur Softball Association, Sonic restaurants and more F4 and F5 tornadoes than any other state.

Oklahoma is the third-largest gas-producing state in the nation and ranks fourth in the production of wheat, cattle and calves, fifth in the production of pecans, sixth in peanuts and eighth in peaches.

The state's colors are neither the crimson and cream of the University of Oklahoma nor the orange and black of Oklahoma State but green and white.

The Environmental Protection Agency recognizes Oklahoma as having the most diverse terrain of any state in the nation. The state, according to EPA, boasts 11 distinct ecoregions, one of only four states to have more than 10.

Oklahomans practice 73 major religions. The largest is the Southern Baptist Convention, with nearly 1,600 church and more than 960,000 members.

Oklahoma gave birth to Dick Tracy (cartoonist Chester Gould is a native of Pawnee) and Donald Duck (Clarence "Ducky" Nash, the original voice of Walt Disney's Donald, grew up in Watonga).

Oklahomans have survived the Dust Bowl, any number of killer tornadoes, the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and various oil booms and busts. Oklahoma is populated by people who are caring, giving, hard-working, patriotic and fiercely independent. Oklahoma is a good place to live, work and play.

The challenge in this, our centennial year, is to make the rest of America aware of what Oklahoma has to offer, besides beautiful mornings, fringe-laden surreys and a girl who "cain't say no."

Commentary by Jeff Mullin, Senior Writer, Enid News

Once Again

Once again I am not pregnant.

Once again I had a less-than-pleasant encounter with TOIAW's older brother.

Once again TOIAW and I argued for two days (and counting, currently) after spending time with members of his family.

Once again I feel judged and criticized by TOIAW for being sad about not being pregnant. After all, we have a plan (probably IVF in January or February) and we have hope so what is my problem? Why am I not dealing with it the way TOIAW would and telling myself I should be willing to readily display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the only survivor (or some other such nonsense that works for him when he is faced with adversity)? Why? I'LL TELL YOU WHY: Because I am a human being with feelings and emotions that don't turn on and off at will...hmmm, but wouldn't that be nice some days? Hopefully being apart from each other today will ease tensions a bit. Otherwise we might actually have a "lone survivor" situation and, trust me, the battle conditions are in my favor!

My apologies for the depressing post and rant.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thankful

***I'm sorry there are no spaces between paragraphs; Blogger is being a pain this morning.


On this Thanksgiving Eve, I am thankful that I am no longer a flight attendant and therefore can spend a nice relaxing holiday with TOIAW. With snow in Chicago and Denver, today is sure to be a nightmare; I am so sorry if you are traveling through either of these airports. Some good advice: NEVER fly through O'Hare unless you do not need to arrive on time. Many of my friends find it difficult to believe that I was a flight attendant. I was, indeed, and most of the time I enjoyed the work and the passengers. I often worked on Thanksgiving even when my seniority afforded me a day off so that others could be with their families. Thanksgiving is a difficult travel time though. Everyone pretty much flies on the same days and the majority of passengers do not travel regularly (read: once a year or less) and require a lot of molly-coddling when it comes to storing luggage, finding seats, etc. Throw in the fact that airline employees have just enjoyed the "easy" months of September, October, and early November when the majority of passengers are business travelers who "know the drill" and the tension mounts. Full flights take longer to board and there are always the three people who have a Pavlovian response to boarding aircraft and MUST use the lavatory before take-off (I have been known to "hold it" for 3 hours just so I didn't have use the on-board facilities but to each his own) so you have a salmon swimming upstream situation once they attempt to return to their seats. Oh, and the unaccompanied minor children who break your heart because they are leaving Mom to spend the holiday with Dad but they don't want to leave Mom so they cry and cry; they tried to be brave for Mom who was crying at the gate but once they get on the aircraft, the flood gates open. Angry passengers, I could take, but these kids stayed in my thoughts for weeks and it would happen every holiday and summer.
This is the most vital piece of information I can offer the holiday traveler:
Do NOT ring your flight attendant call button and ask if you are going to make your connection. The flight attendants do not know or care if you are going to make your connection so do not bother asking them. Most flight attendants do not carry a Magic 8 Ball in their luggage nor is there a secret Bat Phone on board that can allow them to call to determine the status of your connecting flights. The airline will NOT hold the flight for you. I don't make the rules, I'm just telling you how it is.
Tomorrow TOIAW and I are flying to the UK (yes, I'm a good passenger, I stow my carry-on luggage COMPLETELY underneath the seat in front of me so I don't junk-up the overhead bins with all my stuff because I realize there are other people on the plane and that the overhead bins are shared space). I'm really looking forward to this little get-away. The only part that makes me nervous is driving to the hotel because, to my knowledge, TOIAW has never driven on the other side of the road. Don't worry, I'll be there to provide plenty of coaching if you know what I mean.
Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Second Anniversary...

...of our first wedding was Saturday. Perhaps I should say the second anniversary of our civil ceremony? Yes, we had a civil ceremony and then we had a big wedding. What, doesn't everyone do that? You would probably be surprised by how many people I know who have done just that. Uncle Sam is notorious for his poor timing which forces many couples to change/rush plans. Looking back, I don't quite recall why we had to get married early. A few things that come to mind are 1) it made it easier to pre-apply for housing in Germany...well, that's the only legitimate one that comes to mind. Maybe I was afraid he would change his mind? Maybe he wanted to fly free since that's an (the ONLY) advantage to having a flight attendant spouse? Maybe it was that he had only been back from the desert a matter of weeks and we realized how precious life was and we knew we couldn't wait an second longer to begin our life as husband and wife? No, more than likely it was the tax incentives at work.

In any event, I can still remember the day clearly: I worked a flight or two on the East coast then flew back to Seattle. As soon as I arrived, I showered and prepared for the "ceremony." TOIAW was late getting home which meant we had to rush through I-5 traffic (not so easy as anyone who has ever lived in WA knows). We were late and fussing at each other all the way to the judge's office. Fortunately, the murder trial over which he was presiding, ran a little late so he didn't notice us being late. Yes, murder trial. That's Tacoma for you. And really, nothing says romance like getting married in a room that, ten minutes prior, held a murder suspect being tried before a jury of his peers--it was romance, justice, and the American way. I get teary-eyed just thinking about it. Back to the ceremony...the judge was very kind AND he attended my alma mater so I knew we were in good hands. His office was filled with pictures of his family and he told us about his wife, children, and grandchildren. He waxed poetically about marriage and family which you might think would be cheesy coming from a random judge who oversees murder trials by day, but it was quite touching. We then moved into the court room to seal the deal. There, in full view of Mt. Ranier, one of the most majestic mountains in all the world, we officially became Husband and Wife. The entire experience was much more emotional than either one of us had anticipated. We have a beautiful photograph of Mt. Ranier in our home and when I look at it, I think of 17 November 2005 and that courtroom at the Pierce County Court House.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Thou Shalt Not Covet

Yesterday I was invited to a neighbor's house for tea. She is a new friend I met at the conference last week and I am really excited to get to know her better. She lives about a block away but I had not met her until last week and I didn't know there was another small group of American houses in our town. I was blown away when I walked in her house! It is such a nice floor plan and her kitchen is more than twice the size of mine...so large, in fact, I doubt she is forced to stow her serving pieces in the basement. They have two floors (three bedrooms) and a full basement with one very large finished room that opens out to their HUGE fenced-in yard. We have three floors (four bedrooms but much smaller than her rooms) and a full basement but the floors are all concrete and the only room with heat is the laundry room. Oh, but their yard is SO NICE! Princess Poopsalot would be in heaven! We had a nice time chatting and then I left to have lunch with a friend (yesterday was a really busy day for me!).

On the drive, I kept thinking about her house and how much better I liked it, how it work so much better for us, blah, blah, blah. I was starting to get grumpy so I had to just snap out of it. The house I have now is so much nicer than the house we lived in before. Furthermore, I live here at no cost; it's just something assigned to my husband based on his rank and what was available when we arrived. It is not a house we chose or purchased and I will only live here for a matter of months. Why would I get upset that someone else has something "better" than what I have? Because I'm human, I suppose. Today I am going around my house listing the things for which I am thankful and it has really improved my perspective and outlook. Then again, life would be a lot better if I were perfect.

All week, I had been looking forward to lunch with my friend. I've really missed her since we moved. She precious and I still remember the first time I met her and how confused she was about being a spouse to someone who does what our husbands do. I'm proud of how well she has embraced it and is making the most of it. This organization is a lifestyle, not just a job, and it impacts so many areas of your life which is not easy for everyone to accept. If you choose not to accept that, you are sure to fail. I often see the spouses who fight it and they never fare well emotionally which is never good for their marriages. So anyway, my friend's husband worked for my husband for over a year and now he is in on a really long business trip. Of course it's difficult, but they're both doing very well and I was happy to see that. I love you and I'm so proud of you, Nicki!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

I was greeted this morning by a beautiful blanket of snow. Something about that just makes me happy! Since this is a rural area (as you might expect in themiddleofnowhere, Germany), there are plenty of trees and they just looked so gorgeous in their winter finery. I took these pictures while walking PP...



If it weren't so cold, I could sit and look at this all day!


PP absolutely LOVES the snow. This is her looking at me like, "What are you doing? Let's GO!"

I am looking forward to many more snowy walks this winter. These walking trails are less than a minute from our front door and since we rarely see other people on our walk, PP can run free which is not so good for discipline, but great for expending all that puppy energy.

Tonight it is supposed to drop to 17 degrees (F) which will make for a chilly walk in the morning, I'm sure. Winter has officially arrived in Bavaria!

P.S. Happy Homemaker wished me a happy birthday a couple of days ago which was really sweet, only it wasn't my birthday. I appreciate the thought, though, and I'm sure TOIAW wishes it would just "sneak" up on him like that, however, I make that impossible because in our household we celebrate my birthday month rather than one single day. Thank you, Happy Homemaker! I just wanted to clarify lest anyone else think they missed it (ha! like I would allow that to happen).

Monday, November 12, 2007

Veterans' Day


Dear Veterans & Family Members,

Thank you for your selfless service to our country; it does not go unnoticed. You face danger, separation, and a multitide of hardships that would cripple most people. I salute you today and every day. Freedom is not free, it has a price and you pay it. Because of you, I am proud to be an American.



Sunday, November 11, 2007

There's No Place Like Home

Actually, I had an AMAZING time last week. I want to blog about it but it's still so raw and fresh and personal that I'm going to wait another day or so. Suffice it to say, however, that it was a terrific week where I had the chance to meet new friends (woo-hoo!), spend time with older friends, and relax. I also feel like I had a chance to see God in new ways, learn more about Him, have an incredible time worshiping Him, and be still enough to have Him tell me a thing or two. That's how much He loves me. And that's how much He love you, too! Okay, I'll follow up on this later...

So, I got home Thursday to find every dish TOIAW used in 3 days sitting on the kitchen counter. Laundry he can do. Dishes? Not so much. I decided there was no point in getting upset about it because then I would just have to do dishes while upset as there was really no question as to was going to clean those dishes (the dishwasher, duh). I have so many friends who would love to have their husbands home to dirty dishes that I'm not going to say a thing. It's all about perspective, isn't it?

I did have to leave the conference a day early due to a doctor's appointment. It seems my follicles do not want to grow as well as they did with the last cycle so I've been continuing the shots. I don't mind the shots, but it concerns me that the medication doesn't seem to be working as well as it did last time even though the dosage was already adjusted. We go back tomorrow to see what the status is. It goes without saying that I really want this to work, but God know what I need and there is a definite peace in that.

In other news, we had our first real snow of the year! The accumulation has been spotty, but I would say we've had 1/2"-1". I bundled up yesterday to take PP for a walk but it was so cold and windy that I didn't last long. She, however, LOVES the snow and it's so fun to watch her run wide open with her mouth open trying to "catch" the snow. She also sniffs it which results in a series of snorts that I also find amusing. She is a very entertaining creature! It is currently raining so I think all the snow will be gone shortly. The forecast calls for more later this week so we'll see. If I had my choice, I would walk in snow as opposed to rain any day but today it looks as if I will walk in rain. I know Herodotus wasn't talking about me when he extolled the virtues of his couriers yet I still feel the same holds true my dog walking duties.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

No Limits

A couple of weeks ago, TOIAW and I decided to go to the UK for Thanksgiving. We're staying in Wales because we got a good deal on the hotel and TOIAW's older brother (you may recall him, he's the one who wouldn't eat my French Toast souffle and had hot dogs instead) lives in London and I didn't want to be obligated to spend the weekend with him. Good news! He and his lovely wife are coming to hang out with us in Wales...only, they were never invited. That's TOIAW's fault because I told him not to tell them we were going to be there but he did anyway thinking they were going to be in Moscow (they have 2 residences) then and it wouldn't matter. Turns out they are going to be in Moscow, but they decided they would join us anyway. We are using hotel points in order to get the room "free" but BIL is paying $425 (perhaps more if the dollar continues to weaken). Ummm, we're not that much fun to hang out with. But, wait, there's more. Today BIL called and asked if we would change our plans so we could stay closer to Bath because he already has a plan of what he wants to do there. I guess I'm mellowing with age, because I laughed hysterically when TOIAW told me this. Okay, so let me get this straight: You invited yourself along on our holiday and now you want us to change our plans so we can do what you want to do? Right, just checking. Don't think bad of me, but one of the reasons I'm not making a big deal of this is because I know they'll pay for everything. I know, I know...I'm shameless but the money we save means more money for me to spend when I'm home for the holidays.

In other news, I've been cooking and baking all day. It feels like Thanksgiving. I'm going to a conference this week so I pre-made meals for TOIAW. I don't think he fully appreciates how spoiled he is! In my former life, I was a flight attendant and when we got married I would always make food for him to have while I was gone. One time I made a comment about it and one of the ancient flight attendants made fun of me for the rest of the 4-day trip. I don't mind and this way I know he's not just eating junk. I'm almost done with everything but I still need to clean (ick!) and pack but thanks to TOIAW having a few light work days this week, all my laundry is done. Yes, he does laundry and it's wonderful. The catch is he is very proud of his work and will give me a status report--including how many loads he has done, how many he still has to do, and various other laundry-related statistics--approximately every 30 minutes.

See you Thursday!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

They're Just Wasting Their Money

TOIAW is working nights for a couple of weeks (he doesn't like it when I say he's working nights as he prefers the term "reverse cycle operations" but isn't my way much easier to say and understand?). We don't live far from where he works but I still worry about his staying awake on the way home so I bought several of those bottled Frappacinos from Starbucks. As I was putting my groceries on the belt, some lady behind me starts having a loud conversation with her friend about the contents of my basket. First there was criticism of my spending extra money for organic milk then came her dismay of the lack of fresh fruits and vegetables (which I buy at the German stores because the quality and selection is far better). My most egregious shopping error? The Frappacinos, of course. She went on and on and on about how "some people" make such poor financial choices and how she doesn't feel sorry for them since it's their own stupidity blah, blah, blah. She proudly told her companion that she and her husband only have a "smallish" amount of credit card debt, their car loans, and her school loans which they don't have to pay until she graduates in 3 years. Are you kidding me? Shutting her down would have been too easy so I just gave her a look of pity, shook my head, and walked away.